|Spanish II students Corinne Beltrame, Mary Wieczorek, and Cole Dingman earn the top three spots in the state of Iowa on the National Spanish Exam.|
ANKENY, Iowa (May 13, 2016) – Ankeny Southview Spanish II students earn the top three spots in the state of Iowa on the National Spanish Exam. Ninth graders Corinne Beltrame, Mary Wieczorek, and Cole Dingman all scored over 95% on the exam, earning them a certificate, gold medal, and cash prize.
The National Spanish Examinations are standards-based assessments which
evaluate both content (what a student knows) and performance (what a
student is able to do) over various levels of secondary instruction
(grades 6-12). Nationally, over 160,000 students took the exam across five levels.
Ninety-five Southview Spanish I and II students took the exam this year, up from 53 in 2015.
"We are very proud of our Southview students and their performance on the National Spanish Exam," said Jim Robidoux, Spanish teacher. "These kids are great Spanish learners and speakers who are developing useful life-long skills."
"I hope to major in a language or maybe several languages,” Wieczorek said. "The exam is a great opportunity to see what I know and how I have grown in my learning since last year."
"I wanted to know how my skills held up against others in my state and across the nation," added Beltrame.
"I took the test last year, and I wanted to see how much better I could do this year," Dingman commented. "A second language, especially Spanish, is always useful."
The Southview Spanish teachers are Sarah Gubbels, Cat Mahoney, Andrea Olson, and Jim Robidoux.